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once in a century blazing across the skies before breaking up friday's meteor strike in central russia leaves over a thousand injured and causes widespread damage. rival rallies in egypt as police clashed with protesters at the presidential palace hard line islamists gather in support of president morsi blaming the opposition for dozens killed in the recent unrest. republicans in the u.s. senate blocked the confirmation of president obama's nominee as secretary of defense chuck hagel claiming they need another week to fully assess the future pentagon chief. top news and commentary direct from our studios in moscow this is our team on thomas top stories. people in russia's urals are recovering after the shock of the
meteor strike that hit the area on friday the space rock exploded in the sky creating a powerful blast that damaged hundreds of buildings including some schools. nasa claims the media is explosion generated a power of five hundred tons which is around twenty times the size of the hiroshima nuclear bomb twelve hundred people were injured many of them children after the shock wave hit buildings and shattered windows are going off reports now from the affected region. the consequences of friday's meteor are still quite a handful it's not only about shattered glass
a lots of old buildings were damaged as well like this factory there behind me where parts of the wall and roof just collapsed which is remarkable since we're around one hundred kilometers because there are sixty miles away from where the media or fell for more what happened here on friday here's this report it wasn't a bird a plane or superman but something much louder brighter faster and many times of war terrifying speed bright like he was shining across the sky you know blinding brighter than the sun it was around nine am when the skies were suddenly lit up by a media or flying over she had been breaking into three parts a leading a striking trail of smoke before vanishing just minutes later the city and the surrounding areas were literally rocked by a series of massive explosion. and i immediately called one of my teammates who lives in my building and i you know i couldn't get
through to him by phone in work so i was a little bit scared at that point so powerful it damaged buildings and shattered windows all across the city but. i was told that it clean crashed right into our building then we were told that a wall has been partly dislodged and metal structures inside were banned by the blast wave it was very scary. many were able to film the unearthly tsunami on a leader flooding the web with footage as rumors spread of what it might have been a stricken airplane a satellite dish out of orbit even the beginning of the end of the world in our t.v. documentary crew that was working in the area suddenly found themselves at the center of events that. we saw a huge tail in the sky like from an airplane and then there was a bright fire and an explosion but the feeling was like there are three shots ring we thought a military jets may have crashed or that it was some manmade disaster it was
a relief to find out said he's a natural phenomenon except over twelve hundred people were injured including over two hundred children mostly from pieces of shattered glass not one of the girls ran out to take pictures yes. she was thrown in by the waves that came after this the flash and then we. my ears got blocked and the whole room get got filled with dust just like like a fog it's estimated the media as we varied from ten to forty tons and its speed of around twenty miles per second it gave it a huge amount of energy and made it very difficult to detect you know that there are telescopes and networks operated by nasa in the u.s. and what's cosmos in russia and the european space agency others that are out there trying to detect and track asteroids but honestly there's a lot of there's hundreds of thousands and their biggest focus is on the really large ones ones that are hundreds of meters in diameter or kilometers in diameter
that could potentially you know due to the os what happened to the dinosaurs thankfully no one was killed this time and luckily the media didn't hit any industrial facilities including several nuclear sites located in the region. that was archies you got a piece can offer a reporting now staying with this story at lawrence maxwell kraus from the school of earth and space exploration claims that if parts of the meteor were recovered they would be of huge scientific interest. meter is an asteroids on a comment you can come from the outer part of our solar system perturbations from the planet jupiter and other planets there's a huge. store of comets asteroids out outside the orbits of jupiter and outside in fact the outer solar system some of them periodically get disturbed by the gravity of the inner planets and get sent in word some of them are big balls of ice and become comets others are big balls of rock and the impact on
mars and the earth and the moon and. what's fascinating is actually you could if you can collect some of this material some of it is primordial if we actually detect it and we can we can get it right after it falls we can actually measure material that hasn't been processed since the solar system formed four and have billion years ago so for scientists it's a fascinating event and i'm happy that people weren't killed by it but if some of that material can be recovered it will be incredibly interesting and important for scientists and you can log onto our website r t v dot com to find out more about this unexpected interloper from outer space there we've got a special section devoted to the event including the exact timeline of the incident as well as more images and first hand accounts.
the latest round of opposition protests in egypt has ended in violence once again demonstrators attacked the presidential palace police then responded with water cannons and tear gas liberal groups are accusing the president of trying to monopolize power and stifle dissent that says around five thousand islamists staged a rally in support of president morsi and his policies the hardliners accused of the opposition of undermining the democratic process are resorting to violence the recent wave of unrest has claimed the lives of seventy people in recent weeks but. despite this display of loyalty to the regime some experts believe that its days are numbered what you've had in egypt in the last two years is in effect a coup by twelve percent it's the actual number of eligible voters who voted for the sharia constitution and that's the muslim brotherhood and the majority of the egyptians so they are dead set against any kind of shari'a constitution they want to have their democracy they want to be able to breathe openly and were should go
out in their own way and not be told what to do now i think the interesting thing is what's happening in washington since the second obama term began i think what we're seeing is on the obama have it that this entire muslim brotherhood experiment of the arab spring has turned out to be a catastrophe and they're pivoting their energies towards china and downgrading their support of the groups like morsi so i think what's playing out now is the brotherhood is finished in egypt i don't see any way that there's going to be a reconciliation and the people the people smell that they sense that they feel that and that's what's driving so either the brotherhood steps now he's fully in respects the will the majority or we're going to have a very bloody ugly mess and egypt. on delivery now where unlike egypt to rallies marking the two year anniversary of the anti gadhafi uprising have been largely peaceful so far but the mood in the country ahead of official celebrations remains
tense as many fear possible unrest and violence in benghazi the actual birthplace of the revolt a bomb exploded outside a police station but local media reported the attack was purely criminal and lacked any political motive demonstrators in the city voiced of their growing discontent over the unchecked power of militias the abundance of guns and what's seen as a weak government in tripoli political analyst dr ibrahim aleutian explains what the greatest threat is to the future of post kadafi in libya. and what we have seen over the last two years in libya is that this integration of any form of central control paving the way for the fragmentation of the country into three states at the same time there is around lawlessness in the country there is an outgrowth of fundamentalism of the chrome on the side that has spilled over into mali as we have seen over the last couple of months and
a little bit more than two months and at the same time we have this but sort of. strife breaking out between the front militias and the country so yes a lot has changed but not for the better. republican senators have stalled the confirmation process of chuck hagel the white house choice to be the next defense secretary senators will vote on the candidacy again after they return from recess in less than ten days in an unprecedented move the republican minority delayed the confirmation earlier this week the first time it has ever happened to anyone nominated for a top cabinet position a decorated vietnam veteran is known for preferring diplomatic talks to direct military action and his criticism of the israeli lobby in washington assistant secretary of the u.s. treasury under president reagan paul craig roberts told me earlier how those views are now damaging hazels standing with his fellow republicans right now she has.
made a mistake some years ago when he said that he was an american senator not an israeli senator and this instant come up the coast in the in the last presidential election in the united states the israeli prime minister. supported. the peace process for the. speeded president of the united states and in very demeaning way. and so obama now is answering back to the israeli prime minister by appointing a u.s. senator who did a very very rare thing and asserted his independence. of the israeli government. and later in the program sinister snooping or a necessary safeguard. they're doing a lot of other stuff that they should be doing like killing people across the world but there's only so much we can do and i think. that they should stop.
to ask people in the streets of new york how they feel about u.s. government plans to store every tweet ever posted. a currency war dominated the g. twenty meeting in moscow but can financial chiefs come to a consensus when the world's largest economy refuses to stop printing money takes a look after a short break. with . science technology innovation all the developments around russia.
surveillance cameras as possible the players claiming their message is serious and that they are protecting their privacy. explores whether their actions are reasonable or just another form of vandalism if you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you whilst walking through the streets of the german capital that may be more to it than paranoia. the amount of sensitivity civilians in germany is on the rise and it's not as bad yet as in other countries for example in the u.k. there were millions of cameras installed but still the number is rising and that's worrying us. that increase has seen some villagers take quite drastic action and fight back against what they see as the invasion of their privacy the target for their fight the cameras themselves the phenomenon has even produced an online game cam over the rules are simple film yourself destroying c.c.t.v. cameras posted online and points are awarded for the amount of camera smashed as
well as bonus points for creativity although many privacy campaign is uneasy this more militants approach we're not a particular big fan of while and even if it's while it's against things that's a form of protest we do not support of the ovi support the message. is contest will culminate in a protest ahead of the european police congress in berlin law enforcers fear the movement and its methods will only rise in popularity and public damage i don't think it's it's a group that is committing these crimes i think these are some people from the left wing political corner they want others to compete with them to destroy cameras and what about allegations that the rise in c.c.t.v. coverage was turning berlin into an all well state no i don't think so i think we
have a strict law that only personal belongings or the personal. the ground you own can be protected by a camera you're not allowed to point the camera at a public street and so i don't think there's. big brother watching everybody or germany does. some very strict laws when it comes to personal image rights even global giants like google of how to censor the faces of anyone snapped on this street service the advancements of things like smartphones and the amount of pictures taken and uploaded to the web every day should to make it even more difficult for those who prefer to keep their anonymity the authorities deny that big brother is watching you in berlin however as the amount of c.c.t.v. in the city goes up it becomes increasingly difficult not to get caught on camera peter all over r.t.
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a look at what sparked concerns that such a financial battle could take place and what is behind the apparent unity japan is actually at the center of this crisis because of its aggressive monetary and fiscal policies that have led to a weakening of the yeah basically in tough economic times the one option that a country has is to artificially make the value of its currency worth. but less so for example making something like this twenty dollar bill worth less you can do that by a variety of means like printing money why would you want to do that because when you do you value your currency your manufacturing good your goods your exports become cheaper and that gives you a short term economic boost which is something that a lot of these countries europe the united states japan certainly desperately need in these tough economic times there are many problems with this approach but of course the biggest one is that when you start to do something your trading partners will say hey your stuff is cheaper i want to follow suit and do the same thing and that results in a tit for tat economic clash that we know as
a currency war what we're hearing right now is finance ministers essentially saying this currency war thing it's probably not going to happen does that mean that that's the case we don't quite know perhaps japan and other countries have gotten the message behind closed doors but the other issue that a lot of experts have really brought up here is that there is no consensus in the g twenty on this issue because of internal divisions for example what you have is doing isn't really all that different from what the fed in the united states does which has been printing money furiously so there's really not a lot of incentive for countries to sort of get together and take a tough stance on this issue another battle that we've really seen emerge in these talks between the united states and europe over a spirit versus debt basically the europeans have been pushing for countries to stick to agreements that were decided upon several years ago to cut down borrowing and debt they think that this sort of tough austerity measures medicine is the kind of thing that's going to help this economic crisis come to an end well countries like the united states and we in fact i've heard that the u.s.
is blocking specifically this push they don't want to reduce their borrowing because they're heavily in debt and if they stop borrowing if they reduce their deficits that could theoretically hurt unemployment and other sort of domestic internal issues. water some currency war turned to work for some and not for others argues financial guru max kaiser will tell us more watch the full program in about two. time here's a little bit of what you can expect. everybody is doing it then is well i devalued recently by over thirty percent in the u.k. the pound has pound sterling has fallen by over ten percent against international currencies and yet their export market is up barely point one percent so it hasn't worked for them they showed up to a global currency war with their feet paper and it hasn't done anything for them you know if you show up to a gunfight with a knife chances are you're getting i've got stripped shot in the street like a dog show up to
a currency war with paper like mervyn king or ben bernanke you know these other central bank clowns and you'll also be eviscerated gunned down in the street by the gold vigilantes and that's a good thing. now let's take a look at some other news from around the globe this hour in bahrain and there have been clashes after the funeral of a teenager who was allegedly shot by the authorities during a rally hundreds of threw stones at security forces who then responded with tear gas is feared in this new outburst of violence could hold talks proposed by the government to end of the instability the two year long uprising in bahrain has already seen dozens of protesters killed and hundreds detained for voicing their discontent. thousands of protesters have rallied in the capitals of portugal and spain in lisbon around five thousand took to the streets in union led to demonstrations against fresh austerity measures while in madrid people rallied
to protest the evictions of those who are unable to pay their mortgages in recent months both countries have seen a wave of marches as services are scaled back because of budget cuts. police in pakistan say at least sixty five people have been killed and up to two hundred injured in a bombing in the east. southwest of the country the remote control device went off in a shia area of the city of quetta many women and children were among the victims a rash of similar assaults against shia communities have been carried out by hardline sunni groups in recent months earlier we talked to robert naiman policy director at just foreign policy who does not see an end to such sectarian attacks we think we know is that this is result of. turning by a particular group of militants sunni extremists or you were.
attacked before as recently as january and their ideology. heretics from. this particular group. takes east ideology t.v. extreme violence against and shias who really are sublethal turning point you know politically where the drug free program is coming under scrutiny in united states i'm lisa lisa became the first government i won't complain about that one published information. now street cameras and other kinds of surveillance across the u.s. give its citizens the feeling of having less and less privacy but it seems that what you've done in the past also won't be forgotten as the library of congress is now creating a database of all tweets ever posted one of our finest took to the streets of new york to find out whether the government is once again showing too much interest in people's private lives.
the library of congress announced that it's storing our tweet it's just another method of surveillance or is it a way of archiving the times this week let's talk about that did you know that our government is starting to store all of our tweets they're archiving them in the library of congress not surprised you're not surprised by that now they're quite everything are you ok with that no absolutely not so what do we do about it you know i don't know because they're doing a lot of other stuff that they should be doing like killing people across the world but you know there's only so much we can do it i think so our tweets are kind of low on the priority but it's still important that they should stop there and yeah it's just another way that they can surveil us right yeah but i think how would you feel about your government storing all those tweets that scares me the thought of that because i mean like you could tweak things i mean i've had to after about
three years now and i kind of member what we had back then if they can find out and just kind of see what it was that's quite scary have you ever tweeted something that you might not want stored for all time usually a tweet recipes and food related things so i'd love it if they store it. i mean those are really surprised at your facebook and they track everything you do i mean they have the right so in that. if there's doing this for your protection do you believe that you trust them to use it not as a way. to surveil you or invade your privacy believe them mean what more could they do me if in the if you put stuff out there that you don't want to be out do they do it where you say just keep your private stuff to use simpler than store them all over the place whether or not you think the government storing our tweet is an invasion of privacy the bottom line is you better think twice before you tweet because you never know who might be listening.
and after a short break we have a special report on the murky areas of european democracy. helicopters flying through the air day and night rounds of assault rifle ammo popping as the choppers buzz over the land now this unique form of hell of terror is no longer restricted to those in vietnam in the middle east now houston miami residents of the good old usa can get in on the fun houston residents in terror called nine one one and scrambled for cover and even to schools put on lockdown as the military helicopters participate in a multi-agency training for ill in miami at night in the middle of downtown
onlookers caught a video on their telephones of blackhawk helicopters pumping loud blank amel on to the people below and maybe even as i speak a flexibly scheduled military drill could be happening in jesper county south carolina you know when i was a kid they tell us about how the evil soviet union would parade their tanks around how there were soldiers all over their oppressed country even in one thousand nine hundred four all made it a point to the scribes. military helicopters would eternally be overhead and a dystopian nightmare world now we're living the nightmare the united states is a huge country there's plenty of room on remote army bases to do your training also last time i checked afghanistan you do which is don't look like downtown miami just who are you training to kill anyways knock off the terror trainings but that's just my opinion.